Tell us about your organisation (history, aims, vision):
Teakisi is a unique community organisation creating programmes that deliver impact. Teakisi continues to evolve in more ways than one, with the aim of empowering African women and connecting with the wider community. We have set up outreach programmes including courses which boost technical skillsets of African women, local community and our global network – as we believe that digital education has a vital part to play in peoples' personal and professional lives. We also organise social events that bring African women, members of the Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic group, and the wider community together. With our outreach programs, we hopes to educate, connect, engage and build a community spirit. Presently, under the backdrop of the coronavirus pandemic, all our events are taking place online until further notice. Teakisi joining the CIC sector means that community benefit takes precedence over personal gain which in turn helps us to continue to grow year-on-year, and increase the ability to impact upon some of the most challenging issues facing societies today. Teakisi as a CIC means keeping us fixed on the social goal of making a difference. It means tackling difficult social challenges using an ethical, and profitable, business approach.
Who do you serve? How do they access services?
We serve the local and wider community of the North East of England, the rest of the UK and with some services open to those living outside the UK. Our services are accessible via by clicking on Our Work via our website at www.teakisi.com You can also stay up to date with new events and promotions by connecting via our social media accounts on Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn and Facebook. We are also accessible via telephone and email at firstname.lastname@example.org
What are you current projects or services?
We currently have 9 main services, with some having two or more sub-divisions. We offer digital literacy courses, coffee meet ups, collaborative sessions and events with other organisations and individuals. What’s more, we write articles and blogs for businesses or individuals who want to put their work out there to potential new clients, one-to-one mentoring sessions including mental health workshops. Last and by no means least, we design websites for small, medium and e-commerce businesses, a black history month conference on conversations that affect the community, plus financial education to mention but a few.
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Have you adapted your service during the pandemic?
Most of our services have always been online so that was good. But for October's black history month conference, coffee meet ups and attendance at events and meetings is all currently online. We also had to create a short blogging course due to the immediate demand for online services especially for those who didn’t know how to promote themselves on social media and via a blog.
What are your three main concerns at the moment?
- Funding - Most of our services are not free and service users need to pay for them. For those who can afford it, this is ok, but we are aware that a majority of people who need our services cannot afford them.
- Inequality in access
- Achieving a diverse audience that is inclusive and not just attracting those that face the inequality